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Wasp mimicking fly, Conopid fly



Approx. 30mm. Stopping over my lens. Not a wasp!


Rural forest.

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ToshimiDowaki 6 years ago

Thank you Paul Davis!

Paul Davis
Paul Davis 6 years ago

Great shot , this is indeed a excellent wasp mimic .I took a photo of what appears to be the same species,or closely related in Chiang Dao and was given the ID as -Ceriana sp , a Hoverfly ,Syrphidae .I also thought it was a Conops-fly until I was given the heads up.

ToshimiDowaki 10 years ago

Thank you ChiefRedEarth!

Wow! Wonderful mimic! Excellent photo!

ToshimiDowaki 10 years ago

Thank you sunnyjosef!

sunnyjosef 10 years ago

Wow!! This is incredible!!! Mimicry at it's best!!!

ToshimiDowaki 10 years ago

Thank you Adarsha!

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 10 years ago


ToshimiDowaki 10 years ago

Thank you Lauren, Rieko and Jason!

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 10 years ago

Great shot!

RiekoS 10 years ago

I cannot believe that this is not a wasp!

LaurenZarate 10 years ago

Wonderful mimicry and pictures!

ToshimiDowaki 10 years ago

Thank you all! It's an amazing fly!

Fyn Kynd
Fyn Kynd 10 years ago

Amazing series!!!!

Juan DiTrani
Juan DiTrani 10 years ago

yes, this is a Conopid fly. By the way, please consider to include this spot in Mimetic Animals mission

Ioannis 10 years ago

I agree with the Conopidae family fly. I would add probably genus Physocephala but you have to search whiche species are present in your region. Very nice series.

Gorgeous series! This looks like a wasp mimicking fly

ForestDragon 10 years ago

Hi Toshimi, this is an amazing series! This beautiful insect is actually a species of Fly that mimics wasps (very effectively).

This is very likely from Family Conopidae, we call them Thick-headed Flies here in North America. I am not at all familiar with the insects in your area so I don't think I can help you much more than that.

I just love the coloration of this fly!

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Spotted on Aug 12, 2013
Submitted on Aug 17, 2013

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